As the cannabis space continues to gain momentum and approval continues to grow, people with larger followings are joining the fight with direct and specific requests of our government. These are individuals that can get those in power to listen. Michael J Fox is one of those wholesome celebrities that very little negative words could be spoken about. As many are aware of, he has suffered from Parkinson’s for a long time. His very public atrophy within his disease has touched many fans across the country and the world. Now he is speaking up for change, in a very specific fashion with 3 strong bullet points, that could lead us in the direction we need to enact the most amount of change and to get research to finally get the opportunities cannabis needs.
Medical Cannabis Research Act
—Require the Justice Department to approve additional manufacturers for research-grade cannabis.
—Protect research institutions that conduct studies on marijuana.
—Authorize the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to inform patients about opportunities to participate in federally authorized cannabis studies.
VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act
—Require VA to conduct studies into the therapeutic potential of marijuana in the treatment of various conditions that commonly afflict veterans such as chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act
—Reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III under the CSA.
—Free up universities to conduct studies on cannabis by removing certain regulatory requirements.
These specific points by Mr. J. Fox represent a well thought out strategy for change. These would help some of people that need it the most immediately, as well as, open up research opportunities. Even with the meager research that has squeezed through we know what has already been discovered and we have only just begun to scratch the surface. The saying “With great power, comes great responsibility” comes to mind with Mr. J. Fox, he truly is standing up with his celebrity status to enact change. Thank you Mr. Michael J. Fox, you stand behind your beliefs as well with your quote of “Medical science has proven time and again that when the resources are provided, great progress in the treatment, cure, and prevention of disease can occur” we are behind you.